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February 10, 2012 ( ) Action Required (X) Informational Due Date: March 15, 2012 BULLETIN NO. 004-12 DIGITAL LEARNING DEPARTMENT TO: Educational Service District Superintendents School District Superintendents School Building Principals Online Learning Program Administrators FROM: Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction RE: Approved Multidistrict Online Providers, New Approval Eligibility for Online Providers, and Spring Approval Process CONTACT: Karl Nelson, Director, Digital Learning Department Karl.Nelson@k12.wa.us, (206) 616-9940 Agency TTY number is (360) 664-3631 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has recently approved nine multidistrict online providers. This communication contains the complete list of all approved online providers. This bulletin also contains new approval eligibility requirements for online providers. See page 3 for more information. Fall 2011 Approval Cycle Results As required by RCW 28A.250, OSPI has completed an approval cycle for multidistrict online school, course, and program providers in Washington State. Nine providers received approval and will be listed along with existing approved providers on the “Approved Provider” Web page on the Digital Learning Department (DLD) Web site: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/approval/providers/. The following is a full listing of all approved providers. The newly approved providers are indicated by an asterisk (*). Note that some providers appear in more than one category. Also, several providers approved this cycle had previously been approved, so they are not new to the list but are indicated by two asterisks (**). BULLETIN 004-12 DLD Page 2 February 10, 2012 Approved Online School Programs Bethel Online Academy Columbia Tech High Columbia Virtual Academy Federal Way Internet Academy** Insight School of Washington iQ Academy of Washington Marysville Online Virtual Education–MOVE-UP Oasis Alternative School* Olympia Regional Learning Academy (iConnect Academy) Spokane Virtual Learning** Vancouver Virtual Learning Academy Washington Academy of Arts and EV Online Learning Washington Virtual Academy–Monroe (9–12) Washington Virtual Academy–Omak (K–12) Washington Virtual Academy–Steilacoom (K–8) Approved Online Course Providers Advanced Academics** Apex Learning** Aventa Learning Brigham Young University (BYU) Independent Study–Instructor-Guided Courses* Note: BYU’s Independent Study courses are offered in three formats: traditional paper based, student-paced online, and instructor-guided online. Only BYU Independent Study Instructor-Guided online courses meet Washington’s online course definition. BYU’s OSPI approval status, and the ability to claim online courses for state funding, is limited to these Instructor-Guided online courses, and it does not extend to BYU’s other offerings. DigiPen Institute of Technology Online Academies EdOptions Online Academy Federal Way Internet Academy** Florida Virtual School Giant Campus of Washington National Connections Academy Red Comet Spokane Virtual Learning** The American Academy** Virtual High School (VHS) BULLETIN 004-12 DLD Page 3 February 10, 2012 Approved Online Program Providers Advanced Academics** Apex Learning** Aventa Learning EdisonLearning* EdOptions Online Academy Florida Virtual School Giant Campus of Washington Greenways Academy* K12, Inc. Kaplan Virtual Education National Connections Academy Northwest Allprep Spokane Virtual Learning** The American Academy** New Approval Eligibility for Online Providers WAC 392-502 requires online providers to be approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2065 removed the requirement that providers be “multidistrict” in order to be subject to approval, so many district programs that were previously not subject to approval may now need to participate in the process. All programs that meet the definition of an “online school program” are now subject to approval. Beginning with the 2013–14 school year, only those online learning programs or courses provided by approved online providers will qualify for state basic education funding, except as provided for in the law. School districts currently operating online learning programs or those intending to start new online learning programs should determine if their programs are subject to this approval requirement. Spring 2012 Approval Cycle OSPI is also offering an opportunity for online providers to apply for approval beginning February 15, 2012. The application forms and criteria will be available on the OSPI Web site beginning February 15, 2012. Applications are due on March 15, 2012, at 5 p.m. Does my program need to be reviewed? Prior to ESHB 2065, only online providers considered to be “multidistrict” under RCW 28A.250 were subject to OSPI approval. Now, in addition to multidistrict online course and program providers, all district online school programs must be approved in order for school districts to claim state funding—regardless of their “multidistrict” status. BULLETIN 004-12 DLD Page 4 February 10, 2012 Districts can use the guidance provided on the Approval Eligibility Web page to see if their program qualifies for review: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/approval/process/eligibility.php. OSPI’s Digital Learning Department staff is also available to help districts determine if their program qualifies for review (http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/contact.php). What is the review process? The review process is detailed at: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/approval/process/. The criteria, process, application form, and directions for submitting the application will be available on OSPI’s Digital Learning Department Web site by February 15, 2012. Applications must be submitted electronically and are due March 15, 2012, by 5 p.m. The application form may be edited online as many times as needed prior to the deadline. Potential applicants should closely examine the full approval process timeline, as well as the approval criteria and assurances: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/approval/process/timeline.php http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/approval/process/criteria.php Is there a streamlined process for programs that use approved providers? District programs that use third-party online providers are eligible to use the affiliate approval process to tie their approval to that of the approved provider. This affiliate approval only covers online courses offered by OSPI-approved online providers. The district program may not: Modify the content or instruction of the approved provider’s offerings. Offer to its students any online course offerings provided by any non-approved online providers. For more information about this option, see: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/approval/process/affiliate.php. What has changed in the approval process? This is the fifth review process conducted by OSPI. Since the fall 2011 review cycle, OSPI has made several changes to the criteria. Learn more about the updates at: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/approval/process/criteria/changes.php. BULLETIN 004-12 DLD Page 5 February 10, 2012 What are the funding restrictions around online courses? Beginning with the 2011–12 school year, school districts may claim state basic education funding, to the extent otherwise allowed by state law, for students enrolled in online courses or programs only if the online courses or programs are: Offered by an OSPI approved multi-district online provider; or Offered by a school district online learning program if the program serves students who reside within the geographic boundaries of the school district, including school district programs in which fewer than ten percent of the program's students reside outside the school district's geographic boundaries; or Offered by a regional online learning program where courses are jointly developed and offered by two or more school districts or an educational service district through an interdistrict cooperative program agreement. Beginning with the 2013–14 school year, school districts may only claim state basic education funding for student participation in online courses or programs school programs that are offered by an approved provider. Districts may claim state basic education funding for non-approved courses if the course meets the criteria for district use of non-approved courses http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/about/districts/non_approved.php. How can we get help with this process? OSPI will be offering several informational webinars for multidistrict online providers that plan to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. For more details, and to register for a webinar, visit: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/support/calendar/category/provider_review. If you have any questions, please contact Karl Nelson at Karl.Nelson@k12.wa.us or (206) 616-9940. The agency TTY number is (360) 664-3631. K–12 EDUCATION STUDENT SUPPORT Alan Burke, Ed.D. Martin T. Mueller Deputy Superintendent Assistant Superintendent Karl Nelson, Director Digital Learning Department RD:dh OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200 Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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